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Margaret has been involved in wastes management for 30 years and undertook her PhD on landfill microbiology.  She is a Chartered Waste Manager, an International Wastes Manager and a Chartered Environmentalist.  Margaret is chair of the CIWM Scientific and Technical Committee of CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management). She is on the advisory board of the All Party Sustainable Resource Management Group and on the Scottish Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures.  Margaret has travelled the world looking at waste issues and has advised governments, businesses and NGO on sustainable resource and waste management.    Margaret is very interested in wastes management in developing countries, in particular establishing ewaste and other infrastructure. 

Research Interests

​Interested in all aspects of waste management and her research interests includecircular economy, wastes management infrastructure, waste electrical and electronic equipment, waste policy, legislation and regulation, wastes management in developing countries.


Rebecca Colley; Environmental Science

An investigation into the enabling, and inhibiting, factors for effectively applying circular economy business models in the Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) sector.


Kwabena Poku; Environmental Science

Doctoral Research Project.


Umair Tanveer; Business

A transition from linear to circular economy to enhance the sustainability of supply chain management.

Teaching Interests


ENV2127 Circular Economy

ENV2129 Land Contamination and Disposal

ENV3012 Hazardous Wastes


Sustainable Manufacture

Circular Economy

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of East London


Bachelor, University of East London


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waste management Earth & Environmental Sciences
skin (animal) Agriculture & Biology
leather Agriculture & Biology
waste facility Earth & Environmental Sciences
water demand Earth & Environmental Sciences
hairs Agriculture & Biology
best available technology Agriculture & Biology
tannery effluents Agriculture & Biology

Projects 2016 2020


Bates, M., Tudor, T., Maxwell, L. & Cox, P.


Project: Research


Bates, M.


Project: Research

Research Output 1998 2019

Characteristics of Waste Pickers in Nakuru and Thika Municipal Dumpsites in Kenya. 

Bates, M., Kariuki, J. & Magana, A., 21 Aug 2019, In : Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology. 37, 1, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
developing world
waste recycling

Management of Electronic Waste in Africa

Bates, M. & Osibanjo, O., 12 Sep 2019, Electronic Waste Management. Eduljee, G. H. & Harrison, R. M. (eds.). 2 ed. Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 137-165 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

electronic equipment
electronic waste

Waste Not the Wastes

Bates, M., 2019, ICUS XXIV Scientific Solutions to the Earth's Environmental Challenges: Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences. Korea: HJIFUS, p. 281-303 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportConference Contribution

From waste to resources – driving the circular economy

Bates, M. P., 3 May 2018.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

Land fill


James, K., Goodwin, L., Evans, D., Cherry, C., Pidgeon, N., Bates, M., Walport, M. (ed.) & Boyd, I. (ed.), 1 Dec 2017, Report of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser: From Waste to Resource Productivity: Evidence and Case Studies. London: Government Office for Science, p. 125-136 222 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter


Sustainable Solar Energy Storage for Rural Africa

Charles, R. G., Davies, M. L., Douglas, P., Atiemo, S. M., Bates, M., Clews, A., Mabbett, I., Martincigh, B. S., Mombeshora, E. T., Joanna, J., Nyamori, V. O. & Worsley, D. A., 5 Jul 2017, Sustainable Solar Energy Storage for Rural Africa.

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportConference Contribution

Open Access

Circular economy - opportunities and options

Bates, M. P., 4 Oct 2016.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

Manufacturing sector
Circular economy
Open Access
Construction sector
Influencing factors
Pro-environmental behavior

Activities 2001 2017

  • 2 Oral presentation
  • 1 Membership of network
  • 1 Seminar


Margaret Bates (Speaker)
Jun 2017

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

EfW – part of a circular economy?

Margaret Bates (Speaker)
8 Sep 2015

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminarResearch

Methods of isolation and identification of pathogenic and potential pathogenic bacteria from animal skins and tannery effluents

Anne Lama (Speaker), Geoff E Attenburrow (Speaker), Margaret Patricia Bates (Speaker), Anthony D Covington (Speaker), Stuart C H Allen (Speaker), Ana Paula Antunes (Speaker)
30 Oct 2011

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

All Party Sustainable Resource Group (External organisation)

Margaret Patricia Bates (Member)
1 Jan 2001 → …

Activity: Membership of a Board, Committee, Council or NetworkMembership of networkResearch

Press / Media

OPRL appoints Margaret Bates as executive director

Margaret Bates


1 item of Media coverage


Policy Connect launches EfW inquiry

Margaret Bates


1 item of Media coverage


Waste's life cycle: what's the future?

Margaret Bates


1 item of Media coverage


RECOUP announces 2019 conference speakers, topics

Margaret Bates


1 item of Media coverage


The judging process

Margaret Bates


1 item of Media coverage



Contributing to Policy Options regarding Compostable Food Packaging

Margaret Bates (Principal Investigator)

Impact: Public policy impacts, 06: Clean Water and Sanitation (UN SDG), 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (UN SDG), 12: Responsible Consumption and Production (UN SDG)



Developing a holistic multi-criteria model for progression towards zero waste by 2050

Author: Head, N., 1 Mar 2015

Supervisor: Tudor, T. (Supervisor), Bates, M. (Supervisor) & Phillips, P. S. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Solvent manipulation in leather manufacture

Author: Wang, L., 2014

Supervisor: Bates, M. (Supervisor) & Guthrie-Strachan, J. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Sustainable landfill leachate treatment using a willow vegetation filter

Author: Score, J., 2007

Supervisor: Bates, M. (Supervisor) & Covington, A. D. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Sustainable management of tannery hair waste through composting

Author: Onyuka, A., 2010

Supervisor: Attenburrow, G. E. (Supervisor), Covington, A. D. (Supervisor), Bates, M. (Supervisor) & Antunes, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The Utilisation of a Reed Bed System for the Treatment of Wastewater

Author: Moinul Islam , A., 19 Jun 2012

Supervisor: Tudor, T. (Supervisor), Bates, M. (Supervisor) & Livingstone, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis